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Distance Learning Library Support

This guide supports ISU distance learning students & instructors to more easily access and use our Library materials and services!

Off-Campus Access

Off-Campus Access?
Login with your Borrower ID!   ISUCard

Your ISUCard serves as a photo ID and doubles as your ISU Library card for borrowing library materials.  DL Students: You may not have a physical ISUCard, but you do have an ISU University ID number (shown above).  If you don't have a physical card, you can login to AccessPlus and verify your University ID number there.  Use the last 11 digits of that number as your Borrower ID login.

To login from off-campus: When you're off campus and attempt to access one of our subscription / paywalled resources, you will be prompted to login using the last 11 digits of your University ID (the last 11 digits of the number on your ISUCard), and the Library password you set.

Set Your Library password!
You must have an active ISU ID Number to set or reset your Library password online. Your Number and the password you set are required for Off-Campus access of our Library's online subscription databases, ejournals & ebooks, and other online services when you are off-campus. Research anytime, anywhere!


Welcome to ISU Library's Distance Learning Guide!
This guide will help you learn about the services and resources available to our distance learners.

For login information, see our Off-Campus Access info on this page!

5 Things you need to know....

Five things you need to know to successfully use the Library services and resources. Please note you need to use your ISU University ID number to access Library resources and services. (Can't find your University ID number? See our Off-Campus Access!)

1. ISU Library Homepage has many online resources and services available for you to use, regardless of where you’re located. Books and other materials can be sent to you through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services.

2. Learn! You've told us you want library instruction videos & more information on how to find articles. You'll find that here plus other learning materials throughout this Guide. Keep letting us know more topics you'd like us to cover!

3. Library Guides – can help you get started with research. The Guides also identify the subject expert librarian for your subject area, along with her or his contact information.

4. Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery – if you need library materials (books, articles, etc.), you can request these be sent to you via the online Request Form. You'll need your ISU Net-ID to login. You may receive some materials (such as scanned articles) within 24 hours!

5. Ask Us! – Use our handy Ask Us! service whenever you have a question about finding information, doing research, or whenever you need help using the Library.

About Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service

ISU Graduate College New Student Orientation, Fall 2016

Attention Distance Learning Grad Students!  The ISU Graduate College hosted their Fall 2016 New Graduate Student Orientation program on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm CST.  Couldn't attend in person?  Watch & listen here! 

Chat with a Librarian


Find Us in Blackboard!

Does your ISU Distance course use Blackboard? You can find us there too! Just look in the top left corner in Blackboard for the My Library link. You'll find useful library tools there, including Quick Search, Library Guides, Course Reserves, and Ask Us!


Spring 2017:

Visit our Library Workshops Guide for information about our workshop series!  Includes dates & registration info for current workshops, and links to recordings of selected past workshops.